From the 1860s until the end of the 19th Century creatures covered with jewels were created featuring bees, butterflies, flies and grasshoppers as a world of exciting jewels. These popular insects became desired by jewelry designers because they were easily adapted as small examples and could be easily adapted and richly covered with gems , enamel or both.
The latter part of the 19th century was filled with all forms of designs echoing the romantic interest in naturalism. it was also filled with depictions of Japanese subject matter known as the aesthetic movement. These bejeweled creatures were instantly popular.
The wings of this insect provided an excellent canvas for the use of rose diamonds mounted in pave form. The head and eyes are cabochon rubies The body is a well formed Tiger Eye. Truly a luxurious look. The gems are mounted on 18K gold. We would love to see it seated on the shoulder of your favorite outfit.
The piece weighs 9.3 grams and measures 1 1/2 inch wing tip to wing tip and is 1 1/2 inch top tp bottom. the steel pin closes with a safety clasp. The diamonds are estimated to total approximately one-third carat and are set in silver to enhance their delightful sparkle. This is a wonderful creation in excellent condition.